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Shanmukhi mudra: Physical Level Pratyahara (Blocking 5 Senses)

Shanmukhi mudra

Shanmukhi Mudra is roughly translated in English as Six Face Seal

Shanmukhi in Sanskrit is a combination of two words, “Shanmukhi” which is referred to as Six Faces and “Mudra” is a seal.

Here face is also considered as a gate, the gate of perception of the outside world.

It is also called as Aghochari Mudra.

Practitioner Level

This is an advanced level mudra which can be performed by the one who is practicing the mudras from quite a bit of time.

Mudras are not to be considered lightly, even though they might look very simple to do.

After mastering the Yogasanas and Pranayama, you will help you reap the benefits of the Mudras.

Mudras are higher-level spiritual practices that would be used in mantra sadhanas and deeper meditational sessions.

Shanmukhi Mudra Effects

The deeper understanding of this mudra and practicing it regularly will enable you to see the third eye or higher perception.

Shanmukhi (6 faces) Mudra is named after Lord Murgan, the One with 6 faces, symbolically meaning, endowed with all 6 spiritual wealths.

13 wonderful benefits of Shanmukhi Mudra

Shanmukhi Mudra has a lot of benefits. Some of them are mentioned below.

  • Shanmukhi Mudra calms down the mind and nervous system.
  • This will help to relax your facial nerves and two eyes.
  • Your focus will be improved drastically.
  • This mudra helps in turning your mind inward.
  • It produces a soothing effect on your forehead area.
  • Activates the Ajna Chakra by stimulating the energy center between the eyebrows.
  • Shankmuki Mudra will enhance the peace and calmness within.
  • It will increase the pranic energy flow into the central channel by inducing spontaneous withdrawal of senses.
  • This would stimulate the Svadhishtana Chakra and Manipura Chakra.
  • Shankmuki Mudra helps you provide a portal into Nada Yoga (Inner Sound).
  • This will remove the negative mental patterns and reduces anxiety.
  • It increases the sensory perception of the outside world.
  • Balances the spiritual and materialistical aspects in your life.

Preliminary Asanas for Shanmukhi Mudra

You can be in any of the comfortable sitting asana or postures such as Siddhasana, Vajrasana or Padmasana.

How to do Shanmukhi Mudra?

Here is a step by step procedure on how to do Shanmukhi Mudra.

  • Sit comfortably on your yoga mat.
  • Take a few deep and slow breaths to relax your body.
  • Sit in Siddhasana, Vajrasana or the Padmasana or if your body doesn't cope up then sit crosslegged.
  • Inhale slowly and deeply.
  • Hold the breath.
  • Close your eyes with forefingers, nose with middle fingers, ears with thumbs, upper lips with ring fingers, and lower lips with little fingers using both of your hands.
  • Keep your focus on the eyebrows center.
  • Keep this mudra for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • You can close your eyes to be in a meditative state for maximum benefit.
  • Practice this mudra daily for reaping the benefits.

NOTE: You can even apply Moola Bandha as an advanced version of this Mudra for a greater effect on energy flow in your body.

Shanmukhi Mudra Video

Please do watch the below video for better clarity on applying the mudra.

Follow-up mudra for Shanmukhi

You can do any of the 34 mudras after Shanmukhi. Do check out them for more information on list of all Mudra types.

Note of Caution

Please check the note of caution section before you begin your spiritual practices.


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